Location: Briarcliffe College, Bethpage, N.Y.
The LIDXA President, Marty, NN2C, called the meeting of October 15 to order at 8:08 PM. Members present (per sign-in on the blackboard) included K2MFY, NN2C, KE2LJ, W2FGD, WA2RB, AG2A, W2VZQ, N2KA, NX2F, KC2KY, KD1F, N2DXJ and XYL.
In terms of DX, specific activities were highlighted:
Starting the business portion of tonight’s meeting was the approval of the September 17 meeting minutes. These minutes were accepted as presented. In addition, the minutes were prepared in advance by the club’s secretary, Ed, K2MFY, and sent out to the membership with the club’s October meeting notice. Thanks to the efforts of KE2LJ, Pat, the minutes appear in the LIDXA web site at: http://www.qsl.net/lidxa.
Since club Treasurer, John, W2GW was not present at tonight’s meeting; there was no Treasurer’s report.
Marty mentioned that next week he would be attending the annual RSGB HF Convention at Gatwick, England. This meeting will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the IOTA program. A special program is being planned that will present major new IOTA developments. Marty is looking forward to attending this international convention and meeting with world-renown DXers. In addition a number of DXers will be presenting highlights from their recent trips and DXpeditions.
The club was updated on the present health condition of long-time LIDXA member and board member, Lew, W2BIE. Lew was recently admitted into the hospital with stomach pains. His condition is now stable and he has been moved to a nearby rehab center. Marv, W2FGD, visited him recently at the rehab center in the Hempstead Nursing Home and said he is recuperating slowly. He is not in the best of spirits. Although Marv sent Lew a get-well card from the LIDXA, he urged members to contact Lew by mail or in person and try to bolster his spirits. It was hoped that he would be returning home shortly.
Ed mentioned that he had heard that ex-member John Krzymuski, N2QW, had relocated to Georgia. Also Ed thanked the club for the inputs he received at the last meeting regarding questions on ground rods. Ed was able to purchase several eight-foot ground rods at the local Home Depot.
Pat mentioned that he and Neil, KC2KY had been attending planning meetings on the next 2005 Ham Radio University (HRU). HRU 2005 is scheduled for Sunday, January 9, 2005 at the Briarcliffe College in Bethpage. Full details on HRU 2005 could be found on the Web at http://www.hudson.arrl.org/nli/hru2005.htm.
The membership reviewed last year’s agenda for our “DX Forum” presentation. At the present time our allotted time spot is for one (one hour) session, or about 50 minutes of presentation time. If another session is given to the club, then additional time would be spent on the topics below, or additional subjects could be introduced.
It was felt that the schedule below could accommodate 50-minute time duration: Members listed volunteered to host the topic:
· Overview of DXing—What’s DX——NN2C, Marty
· DX Propagation——K2MFY, Ed
· Operating Techniques——W2FGD, Marv
· ARRL DXCC Program——KD1F, Emil
· DX Aids on the Computer——AG2A, Tom
Pat suggested that questions from the audience be held until the end of the entire session. Also handouts would have to be prepared in December.
Marty suggested that the club, in conjunction with other sponsors of HRU 2005, should set up a table in the cafeteria of the College. Attending club members would be able to hand out information regarding the LIDXA and perhaps recruit some new members.
A video on the famous February 2001 DXpedition to Comoros Island as D68C was shown. This multi-national DXpedition grossed over 168,000 contacts during their three week DXpedition. A world record that still stands!
This meeting concluded early at around 9:40 PM after all the scheduled business and entertainment had finished. The next meeting will be held on November 19, 2004.
Ed Whitman, K2MFY